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EVANS , ROBERT (‘ Cybi ’; 1871 - 1956 ) poet, writer, and bookseller ;

b. 27 Nov. 1871 in Elusendy , Llangybi, Caern. , one of the seven children of Thomas Evans , farmworker , and Mary (née Roberts ) . He was educated at the council school, Llangybi and after serving for a time on Eifionydd farms he was the local postman there for the greater part of his life. William Hugh Williams , ‘ Cae'r go ’, was his fellow postman . He also sold ‘books of every sort, both scarce and valuable, old and new, and had a stall in the Market Hall at Pwllheli every Wednesday. He wrote a very considerable amount of poetry , particularly awdlau , marwnadau and commemorative englynion . There is not a graveyard in Eifionydd that does not contain an example of his work. He published several books of his own poetry including Odlau Eifion ( 1908 ), Awdl ‘Bwlch Aberglaslyn’ ( 1910 ) and Gwaith Barddonol Cybi ( 1912 ). He was a regular competitor at local as well as provincial and national eisteddfodau , and he won many prizes including both chairs and crowns . His special interest lay in the poets of Eifionydd and he did useful service in publishing their works, particularly in Lloffion yr ardd ( 1911 ), the unpublished poetry of Robert ap Gwilym Ddu ( Robert Williams , 1766 - 1850 ; DWB , 1067) , and Beirdd Gwerin Eifionydd ( 1914 ), a selection of the poems of local poets from the end of the 17th century onwards. He was also a local historian , publishing Ardal y cewri ( 1907 ) dealing with the Llangybi district, and several other books on local characters. He lived at Bryn Eithin , Llangybi and d. 16 Oct. 1956 . He was buried in the graveyard at Capel Helyg , Llangybi .

Sources:

  • Information from Emrys Jones , Cricieth and personal knowledge.

Author:

Colin Alistair Gresham (1913-89), Cricieth

Published date: 2001